It’s Time Again… Catch the Shorebird Migration!

by Rosemary w/ MassAudubon

The end of summer brings a new kind of beachgoer: waves of shorebirds that stop by Massachusetts (and other Northeastern) beaches as they migrate south for the winter. This spectacle began in early July, and though we’re nearing the end of its peak (mid-August), it will continue through mid-November.

Migratory shorebirds can appear on practically any tidal wetland. Away from the coast, any muddy pond or lake shore will also often host small numbers of shorebirds during migration. While many shorebirds spend time in Massachusetts/the NE, here are five that you may see right about now…

(read more: MassAudubon)

photos: Vitalii Khustochka/Flickr; albertovo/flickr; Jerry Fishbein; and Justin Lawson/Flickr bumpylemon


Giant Octopus Released Back Into the Wild

Velma the Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) was returned back into the wild today. The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR, typically keep their octopuses 6-9 months and release them once they outgrow their tank or show signs of getting ready to reproduce. For their specimens they depend on donations from local crabbers and fishers who accidentally catch them in their pots and nets. They’re currently on the lookout for their next resident octopus.

(via: Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center)



it’s just universally accepted that band geeks is the best episode of spongebob

Whoever’s the owner of the white sedan, you left your lights on

(via motionless-ly)

untitled by Inner City Blues on Flickr.

Rufous-chested Swallow, Sakania, DRC by Terathopius on Flickr.

Bricks trucked in to fill Sydney driveway collapse #abcnews

Cyanea Blue

The entertainment industry and fans around the world are reeling from the news that Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. California police say they were called to Williams’s home on Monday afternoon (local time) and declared the actor dead of a suspected suicide. Williams, who was open about his drug and alcohol addiction, rose to prominence in sitcom Mork and Mindy, and went on to star in films such as Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting and Mrs Doubtfire.

Rufous-chested Swallow, Sakania, DRC by Terathopius on Flickr.